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Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers - 8/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee Titans (0-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-0)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Lambeau Field)

The Line: Green Bay Packers PK -- Over/Under: 34.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers meet Thursday in NFL preseason action at Lambeau Field.

The Tennessee Titans will finally see what it’s like to have a new head coach in Mike Vrabel as well as a new offensive and defensive coordinator in a game situation. I doubt the Titans are going to push Marcus Mariota tis early in offseason drills, so reps will be split between career backup Blaine Gabbert and Washington State rookie Luke Falk. There’s potential for Falk to be a steal as a sixth round pick, it’s just a matter of him getting a fair shot to prove he can survive in this league. Defensively, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans has a chance to earn a starting job as a rookie and there’s no a revamped secondary due to the injuries to Tye Smith and Johnathan Cyprien. Guys such as Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Butler have to hit the ground running in order for the backend of this defense to hold up. The Tennessee Titans are an intriguing team as long as the defense can overcome some key injuries already at this point in the preseason. 

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Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers - 8/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Green Bay Packers have only one goal on their mind as long as Aaron Rodgers is still playing quarterback, so these games are all about finding depth to help him accomplish that goal. Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer will battle it out for the backup job, which is intriguing considering both guys have starting QB experience. Wide receiver depth was an issue last year, and there’s three rookies fighting for jobs in J'Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. Jimmy Graham is in Green Bay, which is exciting, but he’s currently battling a knee injury. Defensively, Vanderbilt rookie Oren Burks has a chance to earn a starting linebacker role and Louisville rookie Jaire Alexander is likely going to be a starting cornerback. Also, Iowa rookie defensive back Josh Jackson is a ballhawk who deserves a roster spot and playing time. The Green Bay Packers simply need to find reliable players who can take pressure off of No. 12. That’s it. That’s all.

The Titans are 9-21 ATS in their last 30 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

We could very well not see either starting quarterback in this game, and that's just fine with me. We're getting two former starters with the Packers in Hundley and Kizer, and while neither was great in those roles, that experience is key when you consider they'll be going up against backup defenders. It should be a lot easier to make plays when going up against players who probably aren't good enough to make the roster. I'll take two experienced quarterbacks over a career journeyman and a rookie. Give me the Packers at home in this toss-up game. 

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